Sports Wrapups: April 30

April 30, 2012

Menomonee Falls boys tennis

A veteran Indians team has had a competitive spring so far.

Falls is 2-4 in duals having lost Greater Metro Conference duals to Brookfield East, defending state champion Marquette and Wauwatosa East. They were rained out against Brookfield Central on April 26 and out of a quadrangular at Germantown on Saturday.

They have beaten Slinger and Wauwatosa West in nonconference duals and lost to New Berlin West in another nonleague dual.

They finished fifth in the Cedarburg Invitational on April 21 as Paul Fitzgerald at second singles and the second doubles team of Andy Stoiber and Mitch Gerke took second.

Falls has nine seniors and one junior returning to the starting lineup.

Alex Carlos begins his second year at first singles and will finish his career as a four-year varsity player. Others on the varsity include singles players Fitzgerald (2), Jake Kramer (3) and Brennan Schneider (4). In doubles, the duo of Chris Hans and Kyle Wilkins will man the first spot while Stoiber and Gerke play at two and Casey Hanrahan and Jake Bahneman are at three.

"We are playing pretty well right now," Indians coach J. J. Tischer said. All but Kramer, a junior, are seniors.

Matches this week include Sussex Hamilton on Tuesday, and a visit to West Allis on Thursday in a pair of GMC duals. They will take part in a doubles' scrimmage at West Allis on May 7.

Germantown boys tennis

The Warhawks remain on a roll as they improved to 2-1 in North Shore play and 9-1 overall, winning three duals last week.

Dual wins over nonconference opponent Milwaukee King (7-0) as well as North Shore foes Grafton (7-0) and Cedarburg (6-1) added to the Germantown momentum.

The Warhawks had a chance at building on that success but their own quad tournament Saturday was rained out. If the weather holds, they will have a hectic week. They took on Milwaukee Lutheran on Tuesday and Sussex Hamilton on Wednesday and host Port Washington at 3:30 p.m. Thursday before taking part in the Washington County Invitational on Saturday at Slinger.

The official lineup for Germantown is led by senior captain Tyler Cox who plays at first doubles with junior Johnny McCauley.

Germantown's singles lineup consists of sophomore Ben Wait at first, and junior Ryan Stodola, freshman Eric Stodola, and freshman Brett Conard at the two, three and four spots, respectively. That group has combined for an overall record of 32-8 so far this season.

Rounding out the doubles teams are the junior teams of Matt Klaver and Mike Weber at the second spot, and Jordan Gunnelson and Karl Gardner at the third slot, respectively.

Menomonee Falls girls track

Behind Mikayla Robertson and the return of 2011 state meet qualifier Alex Poole, the Indians remained strong with a second-place finish in the Wisconsin Lutheran Pre-Prom Party on Friday.

Falls took part in the Greater Metro Conference Relays on Friday and now takes part in the Homestead Highlander Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday before co-hosting the annual Indian Invitational at 4 p.m. May 8.

At Lutheran, Falls scored 107 points as host Lutheran won the 10-team event with 143.

Robertson remained dominant in both the 400 meters and the triple jump as she won the 400 in a meet record 59.08 seconds and also claimed the triple jump with a leap of 35 feet- 1/4 inch. She also led off the winning 1,600 relay team that included Tori Plutshack, Haley Precia and Cassie Visintainer (4:16.6) and led a strong effort in the 200 by taking a close second in 26.66.

Teammates Jessica Robinson (27.73) and Asiah Meredith (27.77) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200.

Still battling a knee problem, Poole was a sound fourth in the long jump with a good leap of 16-7 3/4 .

Other top finishes by event for the Indians included the following: 3,200 relay: Megan Paule, Visintainer, Erin Birschbach and Emily Jacobs (10:37.18); 100 high hurdles: Emma Lodl, sixth (17.75); 100 dash: Meredith, fourth (13.38); Aerial Holt, fifth (13.46); 1,600: Paule, fourth (5:42.08); 800 relay: Robinson, Plutshack, Precia and Malorie Janachek, third (1:51.67); 400 relay: Robinson, Holt, Janachek and Meredith, fifth (52.51); 300 intermediate hurdles: Lodl, fourth (50.79); pole vault: Erin Schneider, fifth (8-6) and long jump: Meredith, sixth (15-11 1/2 ).

Germantown girls track

Caitlin Dillon won the 1,600 meters to lead a balanced effort for the Warhawks, as they took third in the Washington County Invitational they hosted on April 24.

Germantown, which took part in the North Shore Conference Relays on Wednesday, now takes part in the Wauwatosa East Invitational at 4 p.m. May 8.

Dillon claimed the 1,600 in five minutes, 21.24 seconds and also took third in the 3,200 (12:05.69).

Earning seconds were the 800 relay team of Jennifer Ellis, Bethany Laubenheimer, Sydney Langmann and Erika Bethhauser (1:54.77); Jayne Bertieri in the 400 (1:02.98) and Jennifer Ellis in the 100 high hurdles (16.49).

Ellis made a name for herself in the most spectacular girls race of the day, when she took third in the deep 300 low hurdles race with a quick time of 47.2. A total of five runners turned in state honor roll times of less than 48 seconds as West Bend West's Candice Wayne won in 45.83.

Other top six efforts for the Warhawks included the following: 3,200 relay: April Okruszynski, Hannah Knapp, Tori Becker and Andrea Brown, fourth (10:46.71); 100 high hurdles: Taylor Edmonds, fifth (17.77); 100 dash: Sydney Langmann, sixth (14.15); 400: Alyse Barelmann, sixth (1:07.02); 400 relay: Chanelle Harris, Bethany Laubenheimer, Langmann, and Erika Bethhauser, third (55.45); 800: Andrea Brown, fourth (2:32.06); 1,600 relay: Bertieri, Barelmann, Beth Kuske and Edmonds, fourth (4:35.69); high jump: Laubenheimer, third (4-10); Beth Kuske, fourth (4-10); triple jump: Kuske, fifth (31-6 1/2 ); Laubenheimer, sixth (31-3); discus: Katelyn Turner, third (90-5); shot put: Melissa Asmondy, third (34-7 1/2 ); Turner, fifth (33-5); and pole vault: Lizzy Gilbert, third (7-6).

Germantown girls softball

After a sweep of three North Shore Conference opponents last week (Milwaukee Lutheran (33-0), Port Washington (7-4) and Nicolet (19-0), the Warhawks got a cold bucket of water to the face when they went up to Ashwaubenon last weekend to take on the state's best and came away with a considerably less than successful effort.

Germantown was belted by 2010 state champion Kaukauna (12-0), Kimberly (8-3) and 2011 state champion Stevens Point (13-1) in its first real taste of serious outstate nonconference competition.

The Warhawks still entered the week at 5-0 in North Shore play and 8-3 overall. They took on archrival Homestead (6-0, 6-0) for control of the league race (see for details). They then host Whitefish Bay in another league game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and then visit area power Arrowhead at 4:30 p.m. Friday in a nonconference game.

Germantown entered the teeth of the Lions' den when it went up to Ashwaubenon. Point finished the tournament with a 9-3 record while Kimberly was 12-3 and Kaukauna 9-2 in the highly competitive round-robin event. Chippewa Falls (7-0) wound up winning the tournament.

In conference games, the Warhawks were far more successful. In the rout of Nicolet on April 26, Addy Green (two hits) and pitcher Lauren Renard (four hits) each had four RBI while Sarah Artz had two hits and three runs scored and Erika Berry had four runs scored on two hits.

Renard struck out seven in the shutout.

Against Port on April 24, the Warhawks had to rally from a 4-0 deficit to earn the win. They scored three times each in the third and fourth to pull ahead for good as Berry and Green had two RBI apiece and Kelsey Smith contributed three hits. Renard again had seven strikeouts.

Lutheran is a struggling team this year as evidenced by the fact that their pitchers issued 15 walks in the loss to the Warhawks. Erika Swoboda had a monster game with five runs scored, five hits and six RBI. Artz (two), Holly Cross (three), Renard (two) and Amanda Witzlib (four) all had multiple RBI games.

Menomonee Falls girls soccer

After a disappointing 2-1 loss to Tosa East in a Greater Metro Conference game on April 24, the Indians showed a bit of character April 26, as Jen Eberhardy's goal in the 87th minute gave Falls a 3-2 overtime win over nonconference power Waukesha West.

With the win, the Indians improve to 6-3-1 overall (1-2 in league play). They hosted DSHA on Tuesday and visit Green Bay Preble at 5 p.m. Friday before taking part in the Manitowoc Invite on Saturday (TBA).

They visit archrival Sussex Hamilton on May 8 in a GMC tilt.

West (7-2) forced overtime on Falls with a goal in the final four minutes of regulation, but Eberhardy won the game for Falls on a pass from Rachel Clayton.

Jenna Woodson (Jackie Noshay) and Anna Smalley (Clayton) had given the Indians the lead with first half goals. Monica Carlson made nine saves for Falls.

Against East, Nelly Botticelli tied the score and forced overtime with a goal in the final four minutes before the Red Raiders won it in the second OT.

- Steven L. Tietz

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